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Pickens County Historic Marker


Location of sign - 101 E. Northside St., Tuskegee, Alabama


Photo taken- January 2006


Pickens County Historic Marker

Photo courtesy of Jimmy Wayne


Text of sign


(Continued from other side)


The current Pickens County courthouse was completed in 1906 at a cost of $42,000.00.  It was designed by J. W. Gotuoke and

Company of Atlanta and built in the Richardson Romanesque style with a brick facade and granite trim.  This is the only courthouse 

in Alabama with gargoyles, which are located at each corner of the clock tower and consist of an artistic combination of eagle 

and a dragon carved out of granite.  This initial courthouse, built in 1833, was a log cabin type structure with a dirt floor.  Thereafter,

two other courthouses were located in the center of the town square.  The current courthouse was placed on the National Register 

of Historic Places on November 17, 1973.  


Several landmark cases are based on events occurring in Pickens County.  One of the most noted cases is C. G. Gomillion at al. v. 

Phil M. Lightfoot, as Mayor of the City of Tuskegee, et al. 364 U.S. 339 (1960), which prohibited gerrymandering to 

disenfranchise Negro voters.  This case was one of the first instances of civil rights litigation in the area of voting rights which 

subsequently expanded into related leagues of voter dilution, "one man, one legislatures, one vote", the reappointment and 

redistricting of state legislatures and congressional districts.  Also of significant impact was the lawsuit filed in 1972 to protect are 

assert the rights of persons involved in the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study conducted by the Unites States, Pollard et. al v. 

United States of America, et al.


Placed by the Alabama State Bar and Pickens County Bar Association 


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